Breanne & Zach

Breanne has one our favorite bridal shopping stories to date! She was trying on our HB6622 dress, when a tiny care drove by- not on the street, but the sidewalk right outside of our old Elizabeth St. location. With Breanne visiting from Texas and the rest of us quite curious, we all ran outside to check it out. Everyone in the streets quickly turned their attention from the car to Breanne and wouldn't stop commenting on what a gorgeous bride she was in the dress- a true NYC moment! We are so excited to see her wedding day come together so beautifully, and with so much love. The dress is even more stunning so many months later with flowers tucked into her hair and her handsome groom by her side! The ambiance at Tillery Park is so magical and we absolutely love the way it's styled with paper decor and that awesome rustic trailer, among the already gorgeous greenery there. Thank you so much to Rebecca Caridad of Manzanita Photo for such beautiful work and congratulations to such a lovely bride and her very lucky groom!

Saja: How did you meet?

Breanne: Zach and I met in 2003, during our freshmen year in college.  Each of our roommates were cross country runners and we lived one floor apart in our freshman dorm.  We met early because of our roommates' connection, and we became truly great friends first.  We each thought one another had a wonderful energy that we couldn't resist!

Saja: How did he propose?

 Zach proposed at the concert of one of our favorite local Austin bands, White Denim, at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2013.  He made sure that we had great spots standing with all of our friends near the stage, and when they played my favorite song, he bent down on one knee.  The crowd nearest us noticed and began forming a semicircle with us at the center.  When I turned around, Zach showed me signs he had laminated with his proposal message.  He presented my grandmother's engagement ring, I said yes, and we celebrated with our friends at the fest for the rest of the day!

Saja: Where did the wedding take place? What made you choose there?

 We were married on April 18, 2015 in Tillery Park in Austin, TX.  We chose Tillery for a few reasons.  First, it was located on the east side of Austin, where we live.  Second, it is a beautiful outdoor plant nursery with an event space in the back.  Third, Tillery is an up-and-coming venue in Austin, so they allowed us a lot of creative freedom in their space.  The team at Tillery was so great to work with and our photos were stunning because of the backdrop.

Saja: Is there anything you can point out in the photos that we might not have noticed?

One thing that you can't notice in the photos is that I have a few poison ivy rashes on my arms. My cute pup, Flora (black and white rat terrier mix with the perky ears) rolled around in the plant on a walk a couple of weeks before the wedding, so I got it on my arms and neck in all the places I hug her!  My makeup artist, Katie from Method Salon in Austin, worked some foundation magic and you couldn't even tell! 

One thing you will notice in the photos is my beautiful bouquet.  My photographer, Rebecca Caridad owner of Manzanita, did my bouquet and hair flowers (ceremony comb and reception crown), as well as the Zach's boutonniere.   

A couple of other things you'll notice about the ceremony: one of our best friends married us and we included a lasso ceremony for when we read our vows to one another; our two best friends stood at the altar with us, but I also had my two sisters and Zach's two sisters as bridesmaids; my grandmother read lyrics from my favorite Spanish pop song in Spanish and English; a close friend did a theatrical reading of a scene from the TV show Scrubs.  We had two different bands perform that day (and another that night at the after-party) - Son Y No Son and The Lost Soul Revue. You can tell that music is a big part of our life here in Austin!

Saja: Which of the photos is your favorite? Why?

 I have so many favorite photos! I love the photo of Zach and I double-high fiving at the altar because we felt so great what we had just done.  I also love the portraits of us in front of greenhouse where we are laughing so much before the ceremony.  I love the photo of me kissing my grandmother on the cheek because she is my favorite person and lifetime role model.  I love the photo of Zach and I each grabbing a cocktail on our way into the venue because we had worked so hard to craft that moment and it turned out just how we imagined and more.  I love the photo of each of us dancing with our parents because my dad is swinging me just like when I was a kid.  Finally, I love the photo of me in my leather jacket in front of the lit up trees because I had been waiting for that moment since I purchased it at Aritzia in New York in 2013! I felt so cool, accomplished, and beautiful in that moment. 

Breanne said, "One last note, our good friend Christina acted as our wedding planner throughout the planning process and on the wedding day, and we couldn't have thrown such a smashing event without her help. Also special thank you Pink Avocado for the amazing appetizers they created and the vegan menu, as well as my hair stylist, Amanda Eggiman who has worked with me since I moved to Austin in 2009."

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